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National Well-being Indicators

  • date:2020-01-30
National Well-being Indicators

Taiwan citizens’well-being ranked 16th, compared with the 38 OECD members and partners (35 OECD members, plus 3 partner countries, Brazil, Russia and South Africa) covered in OECD’s Better Life Index, according to the latest National Well-being Indicators (NWI) released by DGBAS.

  • The International Composite Index of the NWI in R.O.C.(Taiwan) ranked 16th

Taiwan's NWI is adopted from the OECD's "Better Life Index" (BLI), which identifies two aspects and 11 topics relating to well-being. There are three topics (housing, income, jobs) within the material living conditions aspect, and eight topics (community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance) in the quality of life aspect. For the purposes of international comparison and the domestic attributes, these 64 indicators are broken down into two sets: 24 international indicators and 40 domestic indicators.

The international indicators are based on the BLI's 24 indicators. After applying the data from the latest BLI reference years, the BLI of Taiwan in 2015 was 6.76 which ranked 18th out of 37 OECD member and partner countries. In addition, the 40 domestic indicators, which provide more specific information about people's lives, are presented separately, and are not included in the composite index.

  • Taiwan performs better in the aspect of material living conditions than the of quality of life aspect.

In compliance with the OECD's "Better Life Index"(BLI), the NWI in R.O.C.(Taiwan) identifies two aspects and 11 topics as the indicators of well-being. Three topics (housing, income, jobs) are attributed within the material living condition aspect, and eight topics else (community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance) are in the aspect of quality of life. For both purposes of international comparison and domestic concern, the NWI established two sets of 64 indicators- 24 international indicators and 40 domestic indicators.

For sake of cross-country comparison, the 24 international indicators are completely based on BLI 2016 edition (4 indicators are modified from 2015 edition). Applying the data of latest BLI's reference years and taking equally weighted average of 11 topics, Taiwan’s composite NWI in 2016 was 6.96, and ranked 16th out of OECD 38 member and partner countries.

In addition, the 40 domestic indicators, reflecting the views and concern about people's lives, are presented separately, and not aggregated into a composite index.

  • Taiwan's well-being performance falls in middle group

In OECD’s 11 topics of the traffic light dashboard, Taiwan’s "Income and Wealth" and "Personal security" show the green light (ranked in the top 20%). "Environmental quality" indicates red light (ranked in the bottom 20%). The other 8 topics are yellow light (ranked in the mid-60%). As a whole, Taiwan's overall well-being performance falls in the middle group compared to 38 OECD member and partner countries.

2016 Taiwan's Topic Ranking

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